• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To what extent did all Americans benifit from the boom of the 1920's.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Although it seemed as though all Americans benefited from the Boom in America. This statement was not entirely true as the majority of the American population were in poverty, which was 60%. The rest of the 40% of the population were literally ten times richer than the rest of the population who were suffering as a result of poverty. The types of people who were under the constraints of poverty were, blacks, coal miners, ship builders, textile workers, farmers and sharecroppers who probably suffered the most. In contrast the 40% of Americans became rich by becoming involved in new professions such as, new industries, car industries, electrical companies, chemical plants, building agencies, fruit farmers. These types of people benefited from the boom because they had good employment opportunities and excellent wages. ...read more.

Middle

A government report of 1928 showed that the reservations land was so poor that it was impossible to scrape a living from it. Apart from the Native Indians, the people who were hit the hardest were the farmers especially sharecroppers. The reason for this was because of the fact that agriculture began to overproduce. When the farmers began to overproduce, the price of their crop fell and they entered poverty and a state of depression. The whole idea of being a sharecropper is that you grow only one crop and whatever money the crop made, you got part of it. However if boll weevil attacked your crop then you would have nothing to sell and get no income. As some farmers only had one crop like cotton, it destroyed their entire harvest and they got no income whatsoever and suffered as a result of this. ...read more.

Conclusion

These people would do things such as, lynch blacks, murders and crucify them on crosses while burning them. The blacks in the south were kept under a permanent state of poverty and disadvantage a number of restrictions, which are known as the 'Jim Crow' laws. These ensured that the blacks were separated from the white people. However the blacks that lived in the northern cities did not face this kind discrimination and violence, but were still badly affected by the racism of American society as they always got the lowest paid jobs and lived in the poorest housing. In conclusion, not all Americans benefited from the boom of the 1920's. The people who were the hardest hit were the ordinary farmers, blacks and worst hit of all were the Native Americans. While the 40% of the population where enjoying the Boom years, the majority of 60% remained below the poverty line constantly experiencing hardships. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1919-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1919-1941 essays

  1. USA Boom

    This made Americans believe that their home was incomplete without certain products, people used Credit to buy these products. Credit was when banks and finance houses lent people money and agreed to pay it back bit by bit but with interest added on top.

  2. ''The boom of the 1920's did not benefit all Americans''. Explain how far you ...

    was not going to plan, and not everyone in the industries was happy. From the coal miners' strike in 1919-1920 Harding set up an inquiry into the conditions in the mines, and his results were largely in favour of the minors but no action was taken.

  1. c) To what extent did all Americans benefit from the boom in the 1920's?

    This was due to the new generation of energy oil and electricity. Due to the oil and electricity being preferred over coal, demand fell for coal therefore causing a cut in jobs.

  2. (Q1) Describe some of the key features of Americn society in the 1920's?

    The First World War also boosted America's farming industry which. Since there war an outbreak f war in Europe, there were food shortages. Therefore Europe had to rely on America to provide them with crops and food supplies. Demand for crops from Europe also helped the chemicals industry in America

  1. Free essay

    Did all Americans benefit from the boom in the 1920's

    Even though many of these people could not afford to buy products, the amount of goods had doubled. The farming industries were hit quite badly too. There was competition between the efficient Canadian farmers in the north who were importing wheat at much cheaper prices so America rather brought from them.

  2. To what extent was America in the 1920's a 'Divided society'?

    to be in an organisation that was associated or supported the hated Treaty of Versailles. During the 1919 election, the Republicans campaigned for 'normalcy', fighting the Democrats who wanted to join the League of Nations. This showed signs of a divided society politically, but evidence proves it to be united

  1. To what extent did America roar in the 1920s?

    There had been criminal gangs before prohibition, but now their power increased. Estimates suggest that organised gangs made about $2 billion altogether out of the sale of alcohol. Along with the introduction of prohibition, organised crime increasingly bought its way into the government, businesses and trade unions.

  2. To what extent were the 1920s “roaring”?

    The style of fashion and hair had changed for women. Sales boomed led by advertisements of make-up. Also 'Flappers' were new in the twenties. Flappers were white liberated urban women. They were an extreme example of the changes affecting women.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work